Athlete of the Week: Erin Smith
On Friday, April 25, Tunkhannock Area’s Erin Smith went the distance on the mound, striking out seven in an 8-1 win against Coughlin to help Tunkhannock to its seventh-straight win.
Smith also struck out 14 in a 6-4 win against Creswood on April 23, and twirled a one- hitter while striking out nine in a 9-1 win over Wyoming Valley West the day before.
For her accomplishments, Smith has been named the Wyoming County Press Examiner’s Athlete of the Week.
Class, age, hometown : Senior, 17, Tunkhannock.
Family : Greg, father; Barb, mother; Jordan, brother.
Other sports I play : Volleyball.
Athletes I admire : “Jennie Finch (softball).
Favorite Movie : “The Heat”
Favorite TV show: “Pretty Little Liars”
Favorite band/artist: Drake
Favorite Food : Sushi
One word to describe me: Happy
Three people I’d like to have dinner with: “ Zac Efron, Justin Timberlake and President Obama.”
Post-graduation plans: “Majoring in pre-physical therapy and playing softball at Bloomsburg University.”
Biggest role model: “My mom, because she’s pretty cool.”
What was your main goal coming into this season? “One of my personal goals was to have 100 strikeouts which I’m on my way to, and as a team we want to win the division and win the district.”
What is your mind set like before taking the mound? “I try to stay calm and stay loose and I don’t really get nervous or tense before a game because it is what it is. I try to stay focused and try not to get upset on the mound.”
What have been some of the strong points of your pitching this year? “Definitely getting ahead in counts and I’m one of the faster pitchers in the conference so that helps a little bit.”
How has the run support helped you on the mound? “It’s so awesome because when I was a junior or sophomore that was one of the problems that I might pitch a good game but we wouldn’t have any runs, so it definitely takes a little bit of the weight off my shoulders.”
Does your arm get sore after pitching several games a week? “It does but I just ice it and take a lot of ibuprofen and work through it.”
What has been your favorite part of being on the team so far? “This season and last season our team has been so close and it’s so fun to be around everyone because we have a good time and we’re all good teammates for each other. That’s been my favorite part, and winning has definitely helped, too.”